A squadron of flying alien machines has invaded Tate Modern. They are Anicka Yi’s robo-army, sent from the future to make us consider what it would be like to share our world with machine intelligences. Powered by mini rotors, they float through the Turbine Hall’s vast space, governed by complex algorithms that dictate their flightpaths. Accompanying them is a ‘scentscape’ meant to evoke different historical eras of the Thames riverbank, which smells so nice that it’s like wandering around an enormous branch of Aesop. It all feels a little bit like balloon animals in a perfume shop, but it’s fun and utopian. And at least the robots are friendly.
If you haven’t put together your topical costume by now (HMS Ever Given? Jackie Weaver? Mrs Grealish 69?) then you best get cracking this weekend, because Halloween is only a fortnight away. And since last year’s celebrations were a write-off, you’ll be pleased to know that this year’s have started in earnest already. Make the most of scary szn with some of the early activities this weekend, including Cabaret Sauvignon’s raucous #Hallowine special.
Or if it’s something arty you’re after this weekend, you’re spoilt for choice. Head to the Tate Modern to see Anicka Yi’s squid-like robots bobbing about above you, accompanied by a lovely-smelling ‘scentscape’, catch the Sistine Chapel in North London (sort of) or rub shoulders with independent artists and the art world’s elites at The Other Art Fair and Frieze London, both of which return this week.
There’s also plenty of live music to enjoy at the second edition of Boiler Room Festival, while the 65th London Film Fest wraps up with a final weekend of screenings and immersive experiences.
Check out that, and plenty more, in our roundup of the best things to see, eat, drink and do in London this weekend. Mrs Grealish 69 can wait til next week.
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